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Nash ‘extremely concerned’ by reports of border sites being used as nuclear waste dumps

Nash ‘extremely concerned’ by reports of border sites being used as nuclear waste dumps

Local Senator Ged Nash has raised concerns in the Seanad over reports that sites north of the border are being considered as nuclear waste dumps by the UK authorities.

The Labour Party representative said he was “extremely concerned” to learn that a number of sites just over the border from Louth had been identified as potential dumping grounds for nuclear waste.

He told the Seanad: “This absolutely beggars belief. I am informed that the agency has shown a particular interest in areas of natural beauty such as the Ring of Gullion and an area known as Silent Valley in the Mourne Mountains.

“The agency responsible has described the area as having all of the attributes of a ‘geological disposal site’. This is a euphemism for a nuclear dump.

“My understanding of these matters is that legally the Irish government must be consulted on any issue to do with the development of nuclear sites that may impact on Ireland.

“The health, environmental and security fears associates with such a site should be plain for all to see.

“I appeal to the government to oppose any such moves and I am pleased that the Leader of the House, Fine Gael Senator Jerry Buttimer agrees that the government should oppose any such facility of this nature.”

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